Cascade to: Local authority (LA) staff whose work brings them into contact with 16- to 19-year-olds, particularly those in care, care leavers, those on income support and those in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. For example, Leaving Care teams and those working on the September Guarantee.

Schools, colleges and training providers are now being notified of the allocations they will receive under the new £180 million 16-19 bursary fund.

Under the new arrangements, the most vulnerable young people (young people in care, care leavers, those on income support, and those in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) will receive a bursary of £1200. Beyond that, schools, colleges and training providers will be able to award bursaries to young people on a discretionary basis, to help those facing financial difficulties to stay on their course.

Schools and colleges will now be making young people aware of this but LAs can also play a crucial role, especially in helping raise awareness amongst those eligible for £1200. The Young People's Learning Agency has also written to LAs detailing the providers for whom they are asked to administer the new 16-19 bursary fund.

For more information and to download a factsheet, leaflet and poster to aid conversations with young people go to the student support section of this website. 

Action required and due date:

To communicate to vulnerable young people that they may be eligible for a £1200 bursary to help them stay on in post-16 education. 

Contact details:

Barry Duffy

Email: Barry.Duffy@education.gsi.gov.uk